I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry


nonfiction poetry
emotional reflective medium-paced

144 pages | first published 2020

Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey is heralded as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. In I Would Leave Me if I Could, she reveals never-before-seen poetry of longing, love, and the nuances of bipolar disorder.

In this debut collection, Halsey bares her soul. Bringing the same artistry found in her lyrics, Halsey’s poems delve into the highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and mental illness. More hand grenades than confessions, these autobiographical poems explore and dismantle conventional notions of what it means to be a feminist in search of power.

Masterful as it is raw, passionate, and profound, I Would Leave Me If I Could signals the arrival of an essential voice.

Book cover painting, American Woman, by the author.

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emotional 87%
reflective 78%
dark 64%
sad 42%
inspiring 34%
hopeful 15%
challenging 12%
tense 7%
funny 5%
informative 2%
adventurous 1%
relaxing 1%


fast 51%
medium 36%
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